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In anticipation of Dave’s Picks Vol. 6 from the Fox a few weeks after this show was played, I thought I would give the January Oregon and Hawaii shows a listen. This show really has some amazing moment, you can’t go wrong with the classic Live Dead sequence and this is now my new favorite “The Eleven”, just a little more controlled, in a laid back, non-frenzied pace. Maybe it was all the bare and stocking feet sticking up in the air. I beg to differ with oydave, I like “Mason’s Children” a lot, and it is far, far from sucking, fast forward, skip ahead if you must oydave, but your statement is off base. Maybe some more versions will turn up in the “Lost and Found” tapes to change your mind, me I’ll listen to the 17 known versions and hope for more. Hopefully the Hawaii shows are as good as the three from Oregon.
Subject: Why DID they stop playing that song?
First of all, solid show with GREAT Dark Star and Good Lovin.' Funny bit not having your shoes on, on the gym floor.
Why did they stop playing Mason's Children? Because it SUCKS! Sorry. Not quite the Wave To The Wind of it's day because it at least has a lot of group dynamic. but what a clunker. Every band has these tunes. The tragedy is when a great band drops a great tune. Bands do that, too.
Almighty Toad -
Subject: Two favorites
I love this recording. It contains both my favorite Mason's Children, and Darkstar->St. Stephen. The quality's decent enough, and the energy is top-notch. Anybody know why/when exactly these guys stopped playing Mason's?
Subject: killer Dark Star
Call me old school (call me Old & In The Way), but I've always believed in Dark Star/St Stephen/Eleven/Lovelight. And I can't remember ever enjoying a Dark Star as much as this one.
Sadness - Lovelight just cut off prematurely. So I start again at Dark Star.
I believe Jerry's playing his SG. But what about TC? Was he gone by now?
Mr Charlie TMS -
Subject: St Stephen, Dark Star
Wow. for some reason im drawn to the st stephen. Dark star is a mind explosion. wow... such a grate concert
ono ewe -
Subject: okay, okay. i get it now.
never really understood, until i stumbled upon this show, what the big deal was about dark star. or why it was such a shame that they stopped playing st stephen. and the eleven. other performances of these tunes always seemed muddled and mediocre. but this show...
jamming = snowflake porkpie rimshot daisychain.
mind = blown.
i understand now.
man, i love this archive. only a few thousand more shows to go until i've heard them all.
Young Blood -
Subject: Yo, what a dark star???
Why isn't this in everybody's top 10 dark stars. This is absolutely great. Maybe they were jonesin because they didn't play dark star the night before. In fact, they hadn't played dark star since January 4. Anyway, this is a top ten dark star to date.
Subject: Good China-Rider
There is something I really like about this version, and I have listened to a few that they did earlier in this year. This is the best so far. It is just a tasty nugget.
Subject: Black Peter
So sweet with Pig on keys. I can't get enough of that old sound.
Dark Star takes you places you have never been before.
Not sure how they ended up at Oregon Straight; Kesey's hometown about 30 miles south. The sound quality probably better than the audience heard - that room is a natural bass amp. Jerry's guitar nicely out front. Second set solid if not exceptional - worth a listen.